I woke up with a mild hangover on Monday morning and decided to grill up some eggs on the deck. I'm drinking my coffee and and I notice that something is different with the yard. Umm, what could it be? Oh yeah, its the huge white oak lying sideways across the edge of my lawn and the power lines underneath it. There is a right of way to an abandoned house behind me on the other side of the hill. The power lines are ugly and hang very close to the ground. The tree that fell is 24-26" at the base and is very healthy besides the rot where it fell. The trees on the hill all grow up about 75ft and then curve down hill towards the afternoon sun. As it fell, this tree took the top off another oak that is 24" or so at the base. Two for the price of one. I am going to get up early tomm and drop that tree as well! I hope to have at least 2.5 cords of firewood. I called the power company this morning. I am positve that the lines aren't live as my neighboor's cats were chasing birds there all morning. I'm sure I would have seen sparks because the wires are touching the ground. Nothing is severed though as there is a steel cable connecting everything. I made sure to ask if I would be charged anything and she said "no". Maybe someone else here has experience with a right of way. I don't care about the telephone poles but the wires are unsightly and of no use. What legal right do I have to ask them to take them down? They come to within 8' of the ground so I know they can't be legal. It is way up on the top of my hill but if I'm curious enough to go up there, kids are going to go up there. The lady couldn't answer too many of my questions but said she would write down the notes and somebody would take a look at it soon. I made sure to include that I wanted the wood and to have the cables/wires removed if possible. We'll see how it goes. I hate that the previous owners sold the right of way for peanut's I'm sure. I have nice flat piece of land over there and could expand the yard if it weren't for those wires. Anyway, thanks and I'll post what happens in a couple of days.